Multi-derailments in Canada, UNBELIEVABLE!

Northern Ontario

CN train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Northern Ontario
A Canadian National Railway Co. train carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil derailed and caught fire in Northern Ontario early Sunday morning

Twenty-nine cars jumped the tracks and seven were still on fire on Sunday afternoon.

Alberta

Train cars hauling crude derail in Crowsnest Pass
According to CP Rail officials, twelve cars of a westbound train left the track at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday near the Frank Slide.

Recent derailments in Canada
9 major derailments since December

[I am searching for images. It's hard to get photos from these accidents that occur in the wilderness. Company policy I imagine would be anti-photography and these places are not easy to access.]

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Cordelia Lear's picture

an oil derailment in Quebec not that long ago? If memory serves me right, the fire destroyed a lot of property and many lives were lost.

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MarilynW's picture

Hazmat was stored right downtown. And there were no safeguards or supervision on the rail car stationed uphill that broke free and crashed in the downtown.

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joe shikspack's picture

it's too early to know for sure if there were injuries or fatalities.

State of Emergency declared in Kanawha and Fayette Counties

Firefighters with the Boomer Fire Department said that there have been at least six explosions in connection with the fire that started from a CSX train that derailed in the Powelltown Hollow area of Fayette County on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The derailment happened at around 1:30 p.m. As a result, the entire town of Boomer was evacuated by 4:30 p.m.

The train consisted of two locomotives and 109 rail cars. It was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, VA carrying crude oil. The scene extends along WV Route 61, near Armstrong Creek road. According to firefighters, the largest explosion happened near a house that was between the railroad tracks and the Kanawha River. They do not believe anyone was home at the time. State Troopers said there have been no fatalities reported. According to a release from CSX one person was being treated for potential inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

3:00 p.m., UPDATE:

Water intakes in Montgomery and Cedar Grove have been closed because of the train accident along the Kanawha River. That is according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health.

It is confirmed that the train was carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the Kanawha River. While the intakes are closed, customers are urged to conserve water. The Montgomery Water System is part of West Virginia American Water Co. The company released a statement regarding the accident.

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Cordelia Lear's picture

when we neglect our infrastructure and privitize everything. Someone should bottle the water from the Kanawha and deliver it to Congress and ask them if they'd like to drink it. Is there any way to get the message across to these self-absorbed frat boys in Congress that lives and public safety matter?

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snoopydawg's picture

Imagine the $4-5 trillion spent on wars of choice that have made everything in the Middle East worse, and used that money to repair our aging infrastructure.
Are those tracks even built for the weight they now carry?
And dog forbid that the companies that use those tracks invest money to make sure they're safe.

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MarilynW's picture

carrying crude (hazardous material) across the country, continent really because it's happening in Canada too.

If we complain, industry will tell us "well, stop protesting pipelines, they are much more safe." But they really are not. Pipelines leak and trains derail.

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Cordelia Lear's picture

wind turbines are VERY NOISY. Near by residents MIGHT hear something. We can't have that. /snark

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MarilynW's picture

in Canada too.

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Cordelia Lear's picture

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

West Virginia Oil Train Derailment Highlights Need for Significant Safety Reforms

Reuters is reporting today: "A CSX Corp oil train that derailed and erupted in flames in West Virginia on Monday was hauling newer model tank cars, not the older versions widely criticized for being prone to puncture, the firm said."

MOLLIE MATTESON, mmatteson@biologicaldiversity.org, @centerforbiodiv
Matteson is a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity where she works for the preservation of wild places and the protection of endangered species. The group said in a statement: "An oil train transporting highly volatile crude oil derailed and caught fire today in Fayette County, W.V., spewing burning oil into the Kanawha River and setting a house ablaze, forcing the evacuation of two nearby communities and threatening municipal drinking water supplies.

"The accident, which follows a similar derailment and explosion in Timmins, Ontario on Saturday, is the latest in a string of fiery accidents involving oil trains in Canada and the United States in recent years following a 40-fold increase in crude oil transport by rail since 2008 that has been marked by no upgrade in federal safety requirements."

Matteson added: "Back-to-back fiery derailments involving crude oil trains should be an unmistakable wake-up call to our political leaders: Stop these dangerous oil trains and stop them now. People’s lives are at stake, clean drinking water is at stake, and the well-being of towns and wildlife along thousands of miles of rail line are directly in harm’s way of this unchecked, reckless increase in oil transport by rail."

The group notes: "Oil transport, especially by rail, has dramatically increased in recent years, growing from virtually nothing in 2008 to more than 400,000 rail cars of oil in 2013. Billions of gallons of oil pass through towns and cities ill-equipped to respond to the kinds of explosions and spills that have been occurring. A series of fiery oil-train derailments in the United States and Canada has resulted in life-threatening explosions and millions of gallons of crude oil being spilled into waterways.

"The worst was a derailment in Quebec in July 2013 that killed 47 people, forced the evacuation of 2,000 people, and incinerated portions of a popular tourist town. Last year, an explosive derailment occurred in April in downtown Lynchburg, Va., resulted in crude oil leaking out of punctured tank cars, setting the James River on fire.

"Ethanol shipments by rail have also raised safety concerns. On Feb. 4, a train transporting ethanol derailed along the Mississippi River in Iowa, catching fire and sending an unknown amount of ethanol into the river.

"Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation sent new rules governing oil train safety to the White House for review, prior to public release. It will be another three months before the rules are published, and at least another two and a half years before the most dangerous tank cars are phased out of use for the most hazardous cargos. The oil and railroad industries have lobbied for weaker rules on tank car safety and brake requirements. The industries also want more time to comply with the new rules.

"Without regulations that will effectively prevent derailments and rupture of tank cars, oil trains will continue to threaten people, drinking water supplies and wildlife, including endangered species."

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